Experienced Lawyer Represents Workers After all Types of Workplace Accidents in NJ
Morris County workers’ compensation attorney helps after your accident
Although some professions pose more inherent dangers than others, on-the-job-accidents can happen in any work environment. When those accidents occur, you should be covered by workers’ compensation and you might even be able to sue for damages in a personal injury claim. However, getting the benefits or the compensation you deserve is not automatic. An employer could allege your accident wasn’t work related. A negligent third party could deny responsibility for the harm it caused. When these things happen, it’s time to talk to a Morris County workers’ compensation attorney. For more than 25 years, Kevin T. Kutyla, Esq. has helped injured workers get the benefits and the compensation they deserve. I thoroughly investigate your accident and work tirelessly to achieve the results you deserve.
Proven litigator handles accidents stemming from common accidents in the workplace
Accidents can happen anywhere. A slip and fall in the office or an overexertion injury in a warehouse are quite common. The most serious types of accidents are what the Occupational Health and Safety Administration call The Fatal Four:
- Falls — About 34 percent of construction industry fatalities result from falls, especially from a height.
- Struck by object — More than 10 percent of fatalities occur when a worker is hit by a falling object.
- Electrocution — Electric shock accounts for almost nine percent of construction industry deaths.
- Caught-in/between — This category refers to workers killed when they get caught in or are compressed by equipment or objects, as well as when they are struck or crushed in a collapsing structure or under cascading equipment or materials.
Eliminating the Fatal Four would save around 600 lives each year. Unfortunately, the most commonly cited OSHA violations relate to these dangerous types of accidents.
Knowledgeable advocate explains if an employee’s condition is job-related
You would think that if you are injured in the workplace, workers’ compensation automatically covers your injury. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. To be covered, your injury must occur in the course of employment and arise out of normal work duties. Generally, this means you must be engaged in an activity that confers a benefit on your employer. However, an employer could attempt to disqualify your from obtaining workers’ compensation benefits by claiming:
- The injury resulted from horseplay in violation of company policy
- Your injury occurred because you deliberately violated safety protocols
- Your injury was deliberate self-harm
- Your injury resulted from criminal activity
- You were intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
If your claim is denied for any of these reasons, you should immediately consult a Roxbury workers’ compensation attorney.
Firm pursues personal injury damages from third parties after a workplace injury
Generally, injured workers are limited to workers’ compensation benefits and cannot sue over injuries. However, if a third party — with whom the worker does not have an employer-employee or co-worker relationship — caused the accident, the injured worker can sue for personal injury. A third-party lawsuit requires the injured worker to prove negligence. As an accomplished personal injury attorney, I can investigate your accident to determine if a lawsuit is warranted. If so, I can aggressively pursue full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, your pain and suffering, and other damages.
If you have any questions about what to do after a workplace accident, you should speak to your supervisor. If you are not satisfied with the answer you receive, I am prepared to assist with information and legal services.
Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Succasunna, NJ
For more than 25 years, Kevin T. Kutyla, Esq. has assisted with worker’s comp claims and third-party negligence lawsuits related to workplace accidents in Sussex and Morris counties. To schedule a free consultation, call 862-354-8931 or contact me online. My office is conveniently located in Succasunna at 15 Commerce Boulevard, just off Route 10.